E7*~ 1 STORI Early Journal Content on JSTOR, Free to Anyone in the World This article is one of nearly 500,000 scholarly works digitized and made freely available to everyone in the world by JSTOR. Known as the Early Journal Content, this set of works include research articles, news, letters, and other writings published in more than 200 of the oldest leading academic journals. The works date from the mid-seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries. We encourage people to read and share the Early Journal Content openly and to tell others that this resource exists. People may post this content online or redistribute in any way for non-commercial purposes. Read more about Early Journal Content at http://about.jstor.org/participate-jstor/individuals/early- journal-content . JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary source objects. JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization that also includes Ithaka S+R and Portico. For more information about JSTOR, please contact email@example.com. 72 BULLETIN OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO EIGHTEENTH CENTURY FRENCH FURNITURE IN GALLERY 14 EIGHTEENTH CENTURY FRENCH FURNITURE AMONG the treasures to be found /~\ in the Museum are several pieces of French furniture of distinction which have been acquired from various sources. There is a commode, presented by the Antiquarian Society, with severe lines and somewhat square form which indicates that it originated during the long reign of Louis XIV. Its structure is somewhat heavy, the marquetry entirely geometric in pattern, and the ormolu or metal decora- tions restrained. In the style of the Regence is the chaise- longue with graceful curves and delicate rocaille carving. This style of double-caned divan was specially developed in the sumptuous atmosphere created by Louis XV. The wood is ungilded and the decora- tion is a repeat of the shell form on thin foliated motives. This choice piece is from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey McCormick. From this same collection is the Louis XVI canape of carved and gilded wood with the typical partly rounded seat, short straight legs, and low back. The seat, arms, and back are covered with royal Aubusson tapestry of pastoral sub- jects and the chase; this is further embel- lished with heavily festooned lambrequins tied with ribbons. In the same style, the gift of Robert Allerton, is a bergere, the voluptuous form of the armchair; its down cushions are covered with an unusually fine Aubusson tapestry. The pattern of flower and figure motives in rose Pompadour and rich blue are on a daffodil-yellow back- ground. The gilded and carved frame has rigid lines carved in bands of classic inspira- tion, the legs channeled; and its tapestry is attached by round-headed nails placed close together forming a band. A secretaire a abattant made by Macret is a superlative example of the maitre ebeniste. Both the interior and exterior are patterned in marquetry veneer of varied woods, amaranth, tulip, rosewood, laburnum, and maple. It is further embellished with or- molu mounts and hardware. This beautiful desk is lent by Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer. On the walls of the small gallery where this furniture is being shown are two pieces of Beauvais tapestry, depicting the visit of Psyche to the palace of Cupid. These be- long to a loan collection.